Residente Drops First Solo Single: Somos Anormales

Recorded in South Siberia, Somos Anormales, or We Are Abnormal, is the first single from Residente’s much-anticipated massive solo project. 

On the always strange day of Friday the 13th, Residente – the 25-time Grammy-award winning hip-hop artist for his work with Calle 13 – released the first single, Somos Anormales, or We Are Abnormal, from his highly anticipated solo project.

Twitter was understandably pleased, and #somosanormales began quickly trending.

For the past two years, Puerto Rican rapper and activist Rene Perez – known by his stage-name, Residente – has been working on a solo project “inspired by his ancestors” which has taken him to four different continents to collaborate with local musicians and explore the multilayered heritage he discovered after taking a DNA test.

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In what he calls his “most ambitious project to date,” Perez – celebrated for both the virtuosity and politics of his lyrics – set out to explore his genetic roots through music traveling to and collaborating with musicians from China, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger, Spain, England, and Puerto Rico.

"Everything that surrounds me affects me and as an artist, I feel the responsibility to reflect that. That's why I collaborated with talented artists, artists that the musical industry doesn't know of because they don't pay attention to them, artists that make music without expecting something in return, artists whom I share DNA with, just how they shared their stories with me," Residente said in a statement on the launch of the project’s website.

The single released Friday was recorded in Kyzyl, the capital of the South Siberian state of Tuva, along with the Tuvan throat singing group Chirgilchin. The video accompanying the track was filmed largely in Madrid, and directed by Residente himself.

With lines like “beauty is fed by faults,” the song proudly proclaims that “we are all abnormal” and celebrates the unique “labyrinth” of our genetics:

Our genetics, a labyrinth
We are equally different
What mixes is more interesting
Like a fly with elephant ears
Colors triplicate, nobody loses
Yellow with blue make green
They can not copy it
What’s impure can not be duplicated

The release comes just one month after Perez launched a website to accompany his vast project and ahead of a world tour which will begin spring.

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Cuban Residents in Costa Rican Condemn U.S. Blockade

Cuban residents in Costa Rica on Sunday repeated their demand for the elimination of the U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade on Cuba and the return of the naval base in Guantanamo, which is illegally occupied by the United States.

The demand was contained in a statement issued in this capital by the national meeting of the ‘Antonio Maceo' Cultural Association of Cubans Residents in Costa Rica, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

The text supports the Cuban government's statement that despite the historic vote at the UN General Assembly against the blockade, where no country voted against it, that siege 'remains and will remain the major obstacle for the economic development' of the Caribbean island.

The document, presented by the president of the association, Juan Mesa Lloret, condemns the United States' intention to destroy constitutional order in Cuba through the direct financing of counterrevolutionary groups and individuals.

We will continue coveying to the new generations of Cubans born anywhere in the world the knowledge of Cuba's history, culture, patriotic symbols and our principles of independence, sovereignty and national identity, the statement concludes.

Cuban Ambassador to Costa Rica Danilo Sanchez and other officials from the Cuban diplomatic mission in this Central American country attended the meeting as guests.

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Puerto Rican Singer Víctor Manuelle Visits Cuba

Popular Puerto Rican salsa performer Victor Manuelle paid a cultural visit to Cuba over the weekend, when he spoke with various Cuban artists he plans to cooperate with in the future.

During his stay in this capital the musician spoke with maestro Adalberto Álvarez, singer Paulo FG and young interpreter Laritza Bacallao who

popularized on the Island the song Que suenen los tambores, a piece internationalized by the Puerto Rican artist in the homonymous CD, released last year.

It has been a very nice experience that has allowed me to share with musicians of this country I respect so much, he pointed out.

Victor Manuelle, popular for titles such as Hay que poner el alma and Dile a ella, announced that he would like to perform in Cuba and that he hopes to record in the near future a few songs with Cuban colleagues with whom he has already talked about future projects.

As part of his stay in Havana, he visited the set of the television program Sonando en Cuba, where he spoke with young contestants. (ACN)

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Puerto Rican Singer Ricky Martin to Perform in Bolivia

La Paz, Aug 5 (Prensa Latina) Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin will give two concerts in Bolivia in November, as part of his tour called One World Tour, the local radio reported today.

Martin will perform on November 5 in the eastern city of Santa Cruz and one day later, he will sing to La Paz, the capital of this South American country.

They estimated that each concert would last two hours and the audience would be able to listen to his greatest hits.

The cultural article detailed that Ricky Martin would present a varied show, combined with different rhythms, surrounded by an amazing light design and five high definition video screens.

The Puerto Rican singer will present a modern set design and will show his abilities for dancing, with perky choreographies.

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Marc Anthony Named Latin Recording Academy’s 2016 Person of the Year

LOS ANGELES – Singer Marc Anthony has been named the 2016 Person of the Year by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the industry group said.

“Thanks to the Latin Academy of Recording for such an important honor,” Anthony said in a Twitter post.

Anthony, born in New York to Puerto Rican parents, will receive the award at a Nov. 16 gala in Los Angeles prior to the 17th Latin GRAMMY Awards, which will be held the following day at the T-Mobile Arena.

“The star-studded gala and tribute concert will feature renditions of the award-winning singer’s renowned music catalog by an impressive array of notable artists and friends,” the Academy said on its Web site.

The singer of such hits as “Vivir mi vida” and “Valio la pena” will join a high-profile group of artists distinguished with the award, including Brazilians Roberto Carlos and Caetano Veloso; Cuba-American Gloria Estefan; Colombian Shakira; Spaniards Miguel Bose and Placido Domingo; and Mexican Vicente Fernandez.

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Marc Anthony will offer a concert in Cuba

According to REPORTUR.mx, Puerto Rican singer Marc Anthony will perform in Havana soon. The concert is actually panning already for this summer 2016.

A source close to the artist has said that the concert will probably be in August.

Anthony would join the trail of success and enthusiasm left by The Rolling Stones, who gave a free historical concert in the Sports City of Havana, on March 25.

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Olga Tañón About to Seduce Havana

Renowned Puerto Rican singer Olga Tañón is about to seduce Havana with a concert at the anti-imperialist tribune on Saturday, December 12, at 3 p.m.

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